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Doylestown Chiropractor Discusses Text Neck

February 10, 2015 Leave a comment

Just about everywhere you look people are staring at their smart phones, iPads, laptops, you name it. But a Doylestown chiropractor says the constant strain on your neck could be causing major damage.

According to Pew Research Institute, more than half of Americans own a smart phone. Then there are all of the laptops, e-readers and tablets. Bottom line: we are looking down a lot.

According to Dr. Jeff McQuaite he often sees patients with aches and pains that turn out to be related to their technology.   His neck pain patients said that they were playing on their iPads for hours on end, looking down at a computer seven hours a day at work, texting or responding to emails on their phones and, reading on their Kindles.

“I am seeing it a lot, especially in teenagers and even older patients,” he says. “We’re so into our electronic devices, and what we’re doing is holding the device at chest- or waist-level, and looking down at the device. It’s causing neck muscles to be shortened and tightened, and shoulders to be rounded forward.”

When your texting, your turning your whole spine forward.  While the head is angled forward, the ligaments and tendons in the neck and back become overstretched. This overexertion can lead to an inflammation of the muscles and can cause mild to severe neck and back pain. There are increasing reports of “text neck” causing lower back pain, which is often chronic.

Any kind of neck, shoulder, or back pain requires some sort of attention, he says. You can stretch at home, get a massage, see a chiropractor or by simply holding your phone higher when you look at it can make a considerable difference. Now there is an app that can help you prevent ‘text neck.”

And yes, “text neck” is a real thing!  According to Dr. Ken Hansraj, M.D., a spinal surgeon at New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine, “We did a study on the issue of poor posture and how it affects you, especially when you’re on a cell phone or smart device,” “It’s a lot of load, an amazing amount of weight to be carrying around your neck.”

Just how much load does that constant downward-looking gaze put on the neck muscles?

“When your spine is in neutral position, the head weighs about 10-12 pounds,” he says. “At 15 degrees [forward], the neck sees 27 pounds. At 45 degrees, it sees 49 pounds, and at 60 degrees, it’s 60 pounds.”

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That’s 60 pounds of weight stress on muscles and nerves that are meant to handle 10-12 pounds of stress, and that much load can do a lot of damage over time.

When you have such aggressive stressors on the neck, you get wear and tear on the spine or even get a bulging or herniated disc. “There is a big cluster of nerves in the area between the neck and the shoulder, called your brachial plexus” he says. “Any compression, irritation, misalignment, muscle spasms, or tension in this area can cause pain that spreads out all the way down to the fingers.”

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Doylestown PA Chiropractor Participates in National Chiropractic Health Month

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                                  Conservative Care First: A Sensible, Effective Approach to Back and Neck Pain

During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) this fall, Dr. McQuaite a local Doylestown chiropractor and doctors of chiropractic (DCs) nationwide will educate patients about the value of a “conservative care first” approach to health care, which encourages exhausting non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical treatments for pain management and health enhancement before moving on to other options.
During NCHM in October, Dr. McQuaite will share information on his website and Doylestown chiropractor facebook page about the chiropractic profession’s “conservative care first” approach and why it is especially significant to today’s health care consumers. This in turn with help patients have well-informed conversations with their health care providers, empowering them to become their own advocates by insisting on information about conservative treatment options.
Why is “conservative care first” more important today than ever in facing our nation’s healthcare challenges?
• Numerous recent studies have clearly shown the dangerous overreliance in the U.S. on prescription painkillers that simply mask pain, but do not cure. This has tremendously increased Americans risk for overuse, and abuse, of these drugs if taken for long periods, leading to over 17,000 related deaths in 2010 (more than heroin and cocaine combined). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls the abuse of prescription pain medications an “epidemic.”
• Recent reports question the overuse–and in some cases effectiveness–of more invasive treatments such as spinal fusion surgery and spinal steroid injections for back pain. It makes sense for patients to exhaust more conservative options before undergoing these costly procedures.
• DCs are the highest-rated healthcare practitioner for low-back pain treatments with their patient-centered, whole person approach that provides greater interaction and listening for appropriate diagnosis and developing more cost-effective treatment planning.
“During National Chiropractic Health Month we’re reminding patients to ask about conservative treatment options when weighing their health care choices,” says Dr. McQuaite “Chiropractic treatment is a much more safe and cost-effective option for back and neck pain that may reduce the need for unnecessary drugs and surgery.”
For more tips on healthy, pain-free living, visit www.mcquaitechiropractic.com.
National Chiropractic Health Month is a nationwide observance held each October. The event helps raise public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered approach to health and wellness.
Dr. Jeff McQuaite, a second generation chiropractor, has been helping the residents of Doylestown, Jamison, Warrington, Chalfont and the entire Central Bucks area rediscover a life without pain for over 15 years. He and his family have lived in Doylestown for over 20 years, with both of his sons attending Central Bucks Schools: Doyle Elementary, Lenape Middle School and CB West High School.
For more information about how Dr. Jeff can help you achieve better overall health and wellness, please visit http://www.mcquaitechiropractic.com or contact drjeff@mcquaitechiropractic.com.

Doylestown Chiropractor Discusses The Most Common Car Accident Injuries

December 18, 2013 Leave a comment

There are actually lots of car accident injuries that can happen to literally anyone. Most Bucks County car accidents are considered minor, with the vehicle suffering more bumps and scrapes than the passengers, but the risks for injury are real for almost anyone on road. Car accidents can definitely cause lots of different injuries, to any part of the body but it depends upon the circumstances of the said crash as well as the severity of it.
Here are the most common injuries that you should see a car accident doctor for:
• Head and Brain Injuries: one of the most debilitating injuries that are being suffered by passengers and drivers is a closed head injury, ranging from mild concussion to traumatic brain injury.
• Neck injuries: this is another common type of car accident injury, which can actually occur in mild forms like neck strain and whiplash, to a more serious injury like disc injury and cervical discoloration.
• Back Injuries: The lower part of the back is common site for back injuries, which include strains and sprains, fractured vertebrae, and herniated discs. These types of injury can limit mobility and cause pain. Back injuries can cause severe and long lasting discomfort and pain.
• Spinal Cord Injuries: During a car accident, the spinal cord may be damaged when bone fragments are displaced, disc material, bruise on the ligaments, or even tear in the spinal cord tissues, destroying axons. Spinal cord damages often results to a loss of feeling and function.
• Internal injuries: the impact from a car accident can also cause serious internal injuries such as bowel injuries, kidneys, liver, lungs, spleen, aorta or heart. Fractured ribs and bones are quite common, causing puncture of the lungs or other internal body organs. Internal injuries can be life threatening, thus they should be handled and treated by medical professionals immediately.
• Facial Injuries: in car accidents, face injuries are quite common, and they are usually because of the dashboard, steering wheel, windshield, airbag, car seats, shattered glass, or side window. These types of injury usually range from bruises and scrapes, to fractures and lacerations, even to serious disorders that affect the jaw, and dental injuries.
• Psychological injuries: It is a fact that car accidents can be extremely traumatic both for the drivers and passengers. These accidents involve injuries and even death; these can also result to passengers and drivers suffering from short term or long term psychological injuries like emotional distress, depression, persistent anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorders. Sadly, psychological injuries affect the different aspects of the life of all the people involved in the car accident.


Are car accident injuries obvious right away? Many are obvious, but there are some that are not. As the result of trauma from the accident, the body produces hormones that are called endorphins and they act as effective painkillers. Due to the excitement from the accident as well as the endorphins produce, injuries might not be that obvious. If you think you are suffering from a car accident injury, you should immediately consult a doctor.

McQuaite Chiropractic Center

295 Logan Street

Doylestown PA 18901

267-247-7000

www.mcquaitechiropractic.com